New Jersey to teach LGBTQ curriculum in schools

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NEW JERSEY (WTHR) — New Jersey will begin teaching LGBTQ history as part of school curriculum

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation last week mandating that every school in the state teach students about "the political, economic, and social contributions" of LGBTQ people and people with disabilities, NBC News reported.

The legislation will go into affect starting in the 2020-21 school year.

"The Governor believes that ensuring students learn about diverse histories will help build more tolerant communities and strengthen educational outcomes," Gov. Murphy's spokesperson, Christine Lee, said.

The law would require middle school and high schools to provide text books that include accurate portrayals of the contributions made by LGBTQ people and those with disabilities.

New Jersey is the second state to adopt an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum. California was the first.